Thursday, 2 February 2023

Missing Chub

An afternoon on the small river - 6 weeks left to catch one of the big chub. But once again they've vanished - I did find two smaller ones, including this very distinctive 4lb 3oz fish in the winter sunshine.

Hopefully I'll find them. I did find three barbel - 6lb 11oz, 5lb 15oz and about 4lb - great stuff. If I can find more time I'd like to track down an end of season pike - until then the chub seach continues...

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Two Casts

A day on the small river with James - would the barbel want to play after the cold weather? Oh yes. And I managed my best two barbel of the season (so far) in two casts - 8lb 10oz followed by a beautiful double, 10lb 9oz - brilliant! With back-up fish of 7lb 0oz, 6lb 0oz and about 3lb - a fantastic day on the winter river!!

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Fourteen Pound

A wander about with the stick 'n' pin & a pint of maggots, and James. One point for a roach, dace or chub - two points for a gudgeon or perch and -10 points for a barbel. It didn't take long before I was on -10 points! Then we struggled to get another bite between us.

I lucked in & found a shoal of feeding fish - and caught most of them; 1x gudgeon, 1x dace, 6x roach, 6x minnows & about 20 chub. No need to add up the scores; James really had a day to forget - he's still buzzing from his Kennet barbel so I don't feel too bad for him!

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Friday The Thirteenth

Last Saturday I joined James on his mission to land a River Kennet double barbel. A miserable day but we covered a lot of water - not sure it would be possible for two people to cover more water! A blank for me - but James finally got the bite he wanted - nice one!

So after a week of rain I hit the small river to try & get a bend in the rod. And a barbel first cast - just what I needed! A wander about for a few hours and nine barbel plus 2 bonus chub found the net. I'd like to add a few barbel from some more rivers to my account though.

James' new river double, number eighteen, is here. On target to reach 20 doubles from different rivers before the season ends?

Saturday, 7 January 2023

Two Hundred To One

Afternoon on the river & barbel number two hundred of the season! One of four that found the net, that's 200 barbel to one pike! I'm not complaining about the barbel - far from it - but I need to find some more local pike fishing next winter - to the Google!

And I found the shoal of big chub, they had moved about quarter of a mile. More spread out on a shallow glide I bagged three; 5lb 8oz, 4lb 14oz, & 4lb 12oz. Even though there are 12-15 chub in the shoal the five was a recapture - at least I know it's the same shoal!

Thursday, 5 January 2023

Twenty Twenty-Three

A roach fishing trip with James, six hours and no roach. The Roach-Man couldn't catch one either - they just weren't feeding - so I don't feel too bad! Two barbel and three OOS trout found the net though - not the target but great fun on the stick 'n' pin and light line.

So a morning mission to find the shoal of big chub - found them! And bagged this beatiful 5lb 8oz fish on the first cast. They'll disappear now - but I'll find them again. A wander about and I added five barbel to 7lb 3oz - great stuff. Happy New Year - tight lines for 2023!

Friday, 30 December 2022

Wye 22: Last Chance

It was supposed to be the traditional Xmas Fish Off with Dyl & Steve but the weather was awful, strong winds, driving rain and Steve wasn't well. Was a shame - I really fancied a win this year - might have to come back in January or February...

Instead I headed to The Wye, with about 3 hours until dark I abandoned the pike gear and tried to bag a barbel before returning to London. Three chub to 4lb 10oz and a little barbel of 4lb 11oz found the net. At least a Wye barbel wanted to play! (+1.6)

Thursday, 29 December 2022

Wye 22: Missing Pike

Dec 22 (+1.4m) - Blank
Dec 23 (+1.2m) - Blank (chub x4)
Dec 26 (+1.8m) - Blank
Dec 27 (+1.7m) - Blank (chub x3)

Really tough going on The Wye this Christmas; no pike landed, or even seen. Are they just not feeding or are they no longer in there?

Sunday, 25 December 2022

Wye 22: Christmas

Merry Christmas! Back to The Wye, it's mild and the river is in it's banks for a change. But the pike fishing is tough - some locals (and very good anglers) have been struggling, very few pike have been out this winter. I think the otters are having a big impact.

There are three otter holts in less than a mile on one stretch I fish - and one angler I spoke to found 6 pike skeletons outside just one in the summer! Looking back through the blog shows diminishing returns on my Christmas pike fishing year on year.

I've got my excuses in because day one I fished a number of 'banker' swims - all day without a run - didn't see a pike, even though the conditions seemed perfect. Same story on day two, but I did take a ledger rod and bagged a few blank-saver chub (too cold for barbel).

Not giving up, there has to be a pike in there somewhere - hopefully - going to have to put my thinking cap on and track down my Wye Christmas Pike. And as a bit of inspiration here's a Wye twenty - from twenty-seven years ago - the good old days!!

Thursday, 8 December 2022


Mr Fox peering through the window waiting for his breakfast.

Unsurprisingly the chub shoal has moved, and I've looked a few hundred yards upstream and down - did I say moved? - I meant vanished! Kind of knew they would - big chub tend to do that!

I did catch a couple of barbel but they are getting difficult to tempt in the cold weather. Think I might have to target a roach or dace before heading to The Wye, hopefully for a Christmas pike or two...